Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Incomplete Abortion Types

Miscarriage types and terminology:

  • Spontaneous miscarriage:
    • An unexpected miscarriage
  • Threatened miscarriage:
  • Elective abortion:
    • A voluntary, surgical procedure to terminate a pregnancy
  • Missed abortion:
    • The fetus has died, but the cervix is closed and the pregnancy has not been expelled from the uterus
  • Inevitable miscarriage:
    • The cervix has opened, but the pregnancy has not yet been expelled from the uterus
  • Incomplete miscarriage:
    • A miscarriage has occurred, but the uterus still retains some of the products of conception.
  • Habitual miscarriage:
    • A women who has had repeated miscarriages; typically more than 3 in a row

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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